“I don’t have anything to say right now” – Tengku Adnan March 13, 2007Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Malaysia, Southeast Asia, Travel, Women.
(Above) Nila Tanzil, partner of Australian journalist Morgan Mellish, who died in Wednesday’s crash, is comforted by another journalist. (Photo: Glenn Campbell, The Age)
When the Malaysian Tourism Minister Tengku Adnan went bananas, calling women bloggers – anti-unity unemployed liars – on International Women’s Day (I wonder what the Malaysian government will put in their CEDAW – “Convention Against Discrimination Against Women” report this year), Nila was in Yogyakarta to identify the remains of her partner who perished in the ill-fated Garuda flight.
A DISTRESSED Nila Tanzil flew to Yogyakarta yesterday to view the remains of her boyfriend, Australian Financial Review journalist Morgan Mellish. “He’s gone, I can’t believe Morgan’s gone,” she said, collapsing in tears outside the Sardjito Hospital morgue. Around her, relatives of the dead and missing anxiously waited to identify the bodies of their loved ones (Con’t)
JerryWho reports the sexist and racist remarks made by Tengku Adnan have made their rounds in Taiwan and caught the eye of Hong Kong University Assistant Professor and former CNN journalist Rebecca McKinnon. There’s even a Japanese translation.
On Monday, Straits Times / Associated Press published an article on this, (hey, where’s the local news on this?) and had the Minister reportedly saying,
“I don’t have anything to say right now.”
How about saying you’re very sorry – to all the women in Malaysia, and especially to Nila Tanzil?
(*Earlier on 7th March, the minister was reported to have asked Malaysians to smile more in order to woo more tourists.)